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Description: Rome Florence France Italy Greece Turkey | Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days

Day Port / Date Arrive

Depart

1

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Sunday, October 25

6:00 PM

2 Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Monday, October 26
7:00 AM

7:00 PM

3 Cannes, France
Tuesday, October 27
8:00 AM

6:00 PM

4 Corsica (Ajaccio), France
Wednesday, October 28
7:00 AM

2:00 PM

5 Naples, Italy (for Capri & Pompeii)
Thursday, October 29
7:00 AM

6:00 PM

6 At Sea

Friday, October 30
7 Mykonos, Greece
Saturday, October 31
7:00 AM

2:00 PM

8 Istanbul, Turkey
Sunday, November 1
8:00 AM

6:00 PM

9 Kusadasi, Turkey (for Ephesus)
Monday, November 2
1:00 PM

8:00 PM

10 Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Tuesday, November 3
9:00 AM

5:45 PM

11 At Sea
Wednesday, November 4
12 Venice, Italy
Thursday, November 5
1:00 PM

Overnight Stay

13 Venice, Italy
Friday, November 6
7:00 AM

Day 01: 24th October 2015: Rome (Arrival)
On arrival at Rome international airport you will be met by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Rest of the day free at leisure.overnight at hotel.

Day 02: 25th October 2015: Rome
Your gateway to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia has served as Rome’s seaport since the 13th century. The port has a long and venerable history. The emperor Trajan built a pleasure villa near the modern city, while Bernini and Michelangelo designed the harbor fortifications.
Yet the Eternal City eternally beckons. The ancient capital of the Western World and the center of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years, Rome provides an inexhaustible feast. Visit the ruins of the Forum, view the splendors of the Sistine Chapel, or climb the Spanish Steps, once the heart of Rome’s Bohemian Quarter.

Rome has been a magnet luring the world’s greatest artists, architects, and philosophers since the days of the Caesars.

Tour Highlights
St. Peter’s Square and Basilica |Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel |Colosseum |Trevi Fountain |Pantheon |Spanish Steps |Piazza Navona

Day 03: 26th October 2015: Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy
Livorno is the gateway to glorious Tuscany. Visit Florence – the cradle of the Renaissance – home to the Duomo, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio. Here the Medici fostered a city-state whose cultural legacy is as great as classical Athens. Giants like Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo infused the West with a new creative spirit. Then there is Pisa, Florence’s rival for political power. Pisa, a brash, commercial seafaring town rivaled the great maritime powers of Venice and Genoa. The city was a leader in art and architecture second only to Florence.

Tour Highlights
Duomo and Baptistery |Accademia (Academy of Fine Arts) |Field of Miracles & Leaning Tower of Pisa |Ponte Vecchio & Piazza Della Signoria |Uffizi Museum and Gallery |Church of Santa Croce |Tuscany Villages |Chianti Region

Day 04: 27th October 2015: Cannes, France
Movie stars, motor yachts, the crush of paparazzi on the Croisette – such are the images of Cannes and its legendary film festival. But this gracious city with its palm-lined boulevard dividing divine beaches from chic cafés and nightclubs is also your gateway to Monaco and Monte Carlo, Nice and St. Tropez. For centuries this former Roman camp – the Castrum de Canios – was nothing more than a sleepy port. Then in 1834, the British Lord Brougham interrupted his travels to Italy to take shelter from a cholera outbreak. He fell in love with the stunning coast, built a villa and voila! Two centuries later, the town remains synonymous with glamour, luxury and a sybaritic lifestyle.

Tour Highlights
St. Nicholas Cathedral |Prince’s Palace and Old Monaco |Oceanographic Museum and Exotic Garden |Old Monaco
Monte Carlo and Casino |Nice |Cannes |St. Paul de Vence |St. Tropez

Day 05: 28th October 2015: Corsica (Ajaccio), France
In 1811, Napoleon Bonaparte – then Napoleon I, Emperor of the French – made Corsica a department of France. He also moved the capital from Bastia to his hometown of Ajaccio.
The capital of Corsica, Ajaccio is the island’s largest town (although we know that the capital of Corsica is Paris, and Ajaccio & Bastia are roughly the same size) – and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. One can stroll past the cathedral where the future emperor was baptized–the Casa Bonaparte is a museum devoted to the imperial glory. But Corsica is also the “scented isle” – a place of dramatic shoreline cliffs, small coves, and golden beaches. The island interior consists of stony mountains carpeted in macchia, a low, thick, chaparral comprised of aromatic Corsican mint, rock roses, and myrtle. Everywhere you’ll discover traces of the island’s long and colorful history, from medieval walled towns to seaside villages guarded by 16th-century towers. Though the island has been part of France since the late 18th century, Corsica retains its own distinct culture and flavor.

Tour Highlights
Hotel d’ Ville/Napoleanic Museum |Prunelli Gorges |Vizzavona Forest |Calanches |Cathedral |Maison Bonaparte (Napoleon’s House) |Fesch Museum |Tortoises

Day 06: 29th October 2015: Naples, Italy (For Capri & Pompeii)
Italy’s third-largest city, Naples is a bustling metropolis famed for it stately buildings, crowded streets, pizza – and notoriously bad traffic. However, this beautiful city is rich in centuries-old culture and customs. Naples is also your gateway to the Isle of Capri, the fabled Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii, buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Naples boasts an ideal location, with both the ruins of Roman cities and the stunning Amalfi Coast in easy reach.

Tour Highlights
Pompeii |Sorrento |Capri |Amalfi Coast |Positano |Herculaneum |Mt. Vesuvius |Posillipo Hill

Day 07: 30th October 2015: At Sea

Day 08: 31st October 2015: Mykonos, Greece
Thanks to its proximity to the mainland, Mykonos was one of the first Greek islands to become an international travel destination. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mykonos was famed as a haunt for the rich. The island’s nightlife – then and now – was a glittering whirl of colored lights, music, and parties. But there’s another side to Mykonos – the neighboring island of Delos. In classical mythology, Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis. Travelers to Delos can stroll among the island’s vast ruins, which include three temples consecrated to the Sun God and the famed Lions Walk.
Mykonos town features hip boutiques, restaurants, jewelry stores, souvenirs, taverns and cafés. The island’s famed windmills are found just south of the waterfront.

Tour Highlights
Delos Archaeological Site & Museum |Town of Mykonos (Hora) |Little Venice & Windmills |Paraportiani Church |Mykonos’ Beaches |Panagia Tourliani Monastery |Aegean Maritime Museum |Delos Museum

Day 09: 1st November 2015: Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul rises from the Bosphorus, a vision of minarets and domes sparkling in the light. The capital of vanished empires, Istanbul is a true crossroad, the only city on Earth to span two continents. This meeting place of Europe and Asia, of Christian and Muslim, is one of the great adventures a traveler encounters. Browse the stalls of the world’s largest bazaar, explore ancient mosques and churches, and gaze at the stunning jewels in the Topkapi Palace.
Istanbul has dominated the Straits of Bosphorus for 25 centuries. As Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, it was a metropolis of stunning splendor when the great cities of Europe were mere villages.

Tour Highlights
Hagia Sofia |Topkapi Palace |Blue Mosque |Grand Bazaar & Carpet Demonstration |Bosphorus Cruise |Underground Cistern |Topkapi Palace Harem |Hippodrome

Day 10: 2nd November 2015: Kusadasi, Turkey (For Ephesus)
From the port of Kusadasi on Turkey’s Anatolian Coast, one travels into the past. Nearby stand the ruins of ancient Ephesus, a major site of archeological excavation. The city was once a Roman provincial capital and trading center. Ephesus is also home to several of Christendom’s holiest sites. St. Paul preached at the Great Theater and the ruins of Ephesus’ Basilica cover the tomb of Christ’s most beloved disciple, St. John the Apostle.
In Kusadasi, whitewashed stone houses rise in tiers behind the market district. The palm-lined esplanade is the center of town life, with thousands of merchants offering wares to rival the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

Tour Highlights
Ephesus |House of the Virgin Mary |Basilica of St. John |Ephesus Museum |Terrace Houses |Sirince |Carpet Weaving and Shopping |Tour sites at guest’s discretion

Day 11: 3rd November 2015: Athens (Piraeus), Greece
The past maintains a vibrant presence in the cradle of Western civilization. Atop the Acropolis, the serene Parthenon sails above the commotion of the modern city. The tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides were performed in the Theater of Dionysus at the foot of the Acropolis. On Pnyx Hill, citizens of a fledgling democracy gathered to cast their votes on Athens’ destiny. Then there is the hustle and bustle of the modern city, a metropolis of 4.5 million that spreads out from the foot of Mt. Lycabettus and across the plain. Packed with busy shops and lively tavernas, modern Athens is a colorful counterpoint to classical Greece.
Piraeus is the port city for Athens and has been Athens’ port of entry for over two millennia.

Tour Highlights
Acropolis |The Plaka |Temple of Olympian Zeus |Old Olympic Stadium |Athens Museums |Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion |Ancient Agora |Ancient Corinth, Corinth Canal and Corinth Museum

Day 12: 4th November 2015: At Sea

Day 13: 5th November 2015: Venice, Italy
Rising from the waters of the Laguna Veneta, Venice has long – and rightly – been regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Napoleon, who had an eye for acquisitions, once described St. Mark’s Square as the finest drawing room in Europe. Certainly, no other site can quite match its superb campanile, Doge’s Palace and recumbent lions. Just over two miles in length, the Grand Canal is lined with stunning buildings that reflect the city’s unique heritage. Cruise through its winding canals on a gondola or watch the bronze Moors on the clock tower strike the passing hours as they have for 500 years – Venice is an unparalleled experience.
The city began life as a refuge from barbarian invasions. By the Crusades, Venice’s dominion extended throughout the Adriatic and Mediterranean. The winged lion – symbol of St. Mark – flew over palaces and fortresses from Gibraltar to the Black Sea.

Tour Highlights
St. Mark’s Square & Basilica (outside view only) | Doge’s Palace |Grand Canal |Murano Glass Showroom |Gondola Ride |San Giorgio Church |La Fenice Theatre |Burano

Day 14: 6th November 2015: Venice, Italy (Departure)
According to the flight timings, we will transfer you to International airport for the flight to Home.